Situated in the village of Vandieres in the Marne Valley, the history of grapegrowing in the Ardinat family dates back to 1750.
In 1971 the estate underwent conversion to organic principles just prior to José Ardinat starting work at the estate. José trained as a craftsman in wrought iron, but on joining the family business took on his new trade with great passion. Like every self-educated man he was very eager to learn.
Now the vineyards are cultivated by José, his wife Joëlle and their son Christophe - Christophe joined the business after qualifying as a winemaker in 1997 and hopes to continue the family line of organic wine production.
It was Serge Faust, Joëlle's father, who decided to introduce organic methods in the vineyard in 1971. In those days there were no set paths and Serge had to improvise and experiment. With this he followed the organic methods developed by Lemaire-Boucher. The risk was high as the conversion involved the whole of the business. At first the excitement of discovering a new way of viticulture brought out enthusiasm, but at the same time there was doubt. The difficulties brought the family closer together as they all contributed towards this ambitious project.
When José took over from Serge in 1984, he introduced the organic farming methods from Nature and Progres. Since1989 the vineyard has been certified by Ecocert.